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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Book Reporting

Howdy Folks,

Have I mentioned I'm a voracious reader? If I haven't, I'm mentioning it, now.

Back when I didn't have parental responsibilities I could get through a book in just a few short hours (if left alone to not do anything but, read, eat and, when necessary, go to the restroom)--by the way, I am NOT complaining about having parental responsibilities, I love being a mom. Just facts are facts. I could get through a book faster in a day before I was a mom, but no problem.

Now it takes me anywhere between 2-3 days to finish a regular sized book (depending on how fast a read it is).

But amid the writing I do, I also have to make time for reading. You see, it was reading that first gave me the glimpse of the writer in me.

I don't know if I would've started coming up with tales of my own if stories hadn't first piqued my interest.

Would I have come up with alternate worlds and princess of my own if it hadn't been for Cinderella or Beauty And The Beast (the actual fairy tales in written form, that is).

My parents started my love affair with reading and writing when I was little. Growing up I heard the antics of the Gilbreth family in Cheaper By The Dozen and of another family in Five Little Peppers And How They Grew.

Then moved onto the adventures of Besty and her friends Tacy and Tib in Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy books.

From there sprung up a wide-range of interests. Romance, fantasy, paranormal, things like Beverly Cleary's Fifteen, Jean And Johnny and even the Ramona series.

I got into all kinds of things. Lately, of course there's been things like vampires and witches occupying my mind (thanks to Stephenie Meyer and Kerrelyn Sparks and my own manuscript).

But also dragons. I was already writing a story concerning dragons when I found out that MaryJanice Davidson has a YA 4-book series centered around them (among other beings). I am now fully entrenched in the Jennifer Scales stories after having finished the second one today.

The series in question is written by MaryJance Davidson and her husband, Anthony Alongi and goes in this order (according to MaryJanice Davidson's website or on the Official Jennifer Scales Website):

Jennifer Scales And The Ancient Furnace

Jennifer Scales And The Messenger Of Light

The Silver Moon Elm: A Jennifer Scales Novel

Serph Of Sorrow: A Jennifer Scales Novel

As I said, I've read the first two and hope to get to the last two, soon. It's an engaging story with weredragons, wereachnids, things like newolves and the mysterious Crescent Valley. Magic, legends, action, suspense. These books have it all...with a small touch of romance thrown in for good measure.

Anyway, it's definitely a good read regardless of if you're YA age or older :-)

So, what books would you like to report on and currently finding interesting?

Have A Wonderful Wednesday!

6 comments:

Bane of Anubis said...

I've gotta check out those dragon books, particularly since I'm working on one, too.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I bet my son would like those. I'll have to find them (Amazon, I'm coming back. Again.) If you like dragons, you MUST read the Dragon Keeper's Chronicles by Donita K Paul. They are my very favorites. :-)

Marsha Sigman said...

Ok, I was a little disappointed with Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzgerald. I am going with if you can't say anything nice..then don't say anything at all.

I'm just sayin...
But I have to try out those dragon books. Who doesn't love a good dragon story?

Bethany said...

Bane,

I definitely think they're fun reads. I'm excited because I found out there's at LEAST 2 more after the 4th one...the 5th one is supposed to be out this year (check the message board on the official site).

Bethany said...

Shannon,

I don't know if they were geared more towards females or males or just YA in general, but I've been enjoying them and suspense isn't always easy for me to read through! Plus things keep popping up...I don't know if I'm oblivious...but they keep catching me by surprise. (Although one surprise made a lot of sense...the one you find out in the first book).

Bethany said...

Marsha,

I didn't know how much I liked dragons until I started writing my own and found the ones by MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi!